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Retired Teachers: How can we better use them?

There is a concerned about the beginning teachers who resign earlier and take on another career while the experience veteran teachers with 30 years and maybe only 55 are being forced to retired because of their age and many younger administrators who use techniques to discriminate against veteran teachers.

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    May 1 2012: It would be nice to hear from you before this conversation closes.

    Are you a retired teacher?

    Are you an administrator?

    Even if the conversation closes, you can still make closing remarks by clicking on the conversation, since you are the one who originated the question.

    Be Well.
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    May 1 2012: Haven't they been used and abused long enough........let them retire gracefully and enjoy some peace and quiet for a change.

    OK....I got that off my chest. That is what firs came to my mind (I am a teacher....not retired yet)

    You seem to bring out various points in your introduction.

    1. beginning teachers that resign early
    2. veteran teachers that are forced to retire
    3. young administrators who discriminate against veteran teachers.

    I will address #3. After teaching in different school systems, I can honestly say that I have only seen administrators try to get rid of veteran teachers that are incompetent. Relaxed by their seniority, they do not teach anymore, but do the bare minimum. The children, who are the priority, pay a hefty price.

    I have seen administrators use effective, competent veteran teachers to try to help the less competent, all to no avail. Then they have no choice but to use "techniques" to make their life miserable, until they have no choice but to retire.

    The students win in the long run.

    I am sure there are exceptions, I however, have not seen it. I have seen administrators beg effective, dedicated veteran teachers not to retire.

    55 is an early retirement age for teachers. Administrators in my county can only do so much, we have unions and the school board. It is hard to get rid of a veteran teacher.

    Now, as for your topic question, here is my true blue answer: leave it up to the teacher to decide what he or she wants to do with their retirement. The choices are endless, not only for retired teachers, but for any retired professional.

    This is my humble opinion.
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    May 1 2012: I am a retired teacher and I have been getting big into the new TED-ED program and flipping videos for my grand children for their school prodjects. I am also contacting my friends who are still teaching and alerting them to the possibilities of the TED-ED series.
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    Apr 19 2012: Use their experience.
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    Apr 19 2012: By using them better before they retire.
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    Apr 18 2012: Some teachers after a career in the classroom seek to do other things, either not connected to teaching or teaching in a different format, such as tutoring or mentoring.
    But from your explanation of your question, it seems you are thinking not about teachers who choose to retire but rather teachers who are forced to retire?
    In the state where I live, teachers are not forced out on the basis of age. There are so many more people who want to teach than positions for them, but schools here do not seek to release effective teachers from the classroom because of age. Principals do seek to move ineffective teachers out of the classroom regardless of age, but there are negotiated protections that limit how far they can go with that.
    It is puzzling if your school district cannot get enough new teachers to fill openings that they would continue to release actually effective teachers for reaching age 55.
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    Apr 18 2012: A real teacher never retires.
    You might be referring to job market....
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    Apr 18 2012: Hello Vee,

    I have a suggestion that could significantly improve education at all levels and allows retired teachers to return to work, and continue to offer years of experience to students.

    If we change the paradigm for education from the institution-government-union hybrid paradigm to the the professional (e.g., attorneys, physicians, engineers, etc.), then retired (current and unemployed) teachers could open independent (or partnership) education practices - offering their services to the consuming (and desperate) public.

    This sounds implausible. It is not. Paradigm changes often do present as odd and inappropriate. Give it some time though. Think about it and you will see it is the solution to our education problems at all levels.

    I believe this model is viable and could revolutionize education on a global scale - improving it on many important metrics.. In part, by giving retired teachers a way to not only supplement income, but continue to contribute to the social enterprise of education.

    My website explains in greater detail how this works. I encourage you to explore it as an answer to your question.

    Kind Regards,
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    Apr 18 2012: What about online education? Mentors/ Teachers. Even though we are talking about an older generation, which isn't that good with current computer technology it could provide them with a possibility. The market is big enough, especially for student who are in a leap year and need help preparing for university.